Clemson’s bats have gone from quiet to sleeping to near comatose, resulting in a three-game sweep at the hands of North Carolina. The Tar Heels raced out of the gates with a five-run first inning and the UNC pitching staff made it stand up, 5-3, Sunday. The Tigers managed just three hits in Game 3, four hits in Game 2 and five hits in Game 1. Since putting up 13 runs against Notre Dame on March 5th, Clemson (5-8, 1-5) has dropped six straight games, averaging just 2.5 runs/game over that span.
But as is the case with most cold streaks, there is plenty of blame to go around. While the lineup has not been producing, the starting pitching has also left much to be desired. Carter Raffield (0-1, 7.36) surrendered five earned runs and couldn’t get out of the first inning, Sunday. Ty Olenchuk suffered a similar fate, Saturday, giving up five runs without recording an out in the fourth. On Friday, UNC (10-4, 6-3) roughed up Davis Sharpe for six runs over five innings. The bright spot continues to be the Clemson bullpen, which hasn’t surrendered a run in the last 12 and 1/3 innings. Dylan Brewer carried the offense, Sunday, with a homer and three RBIs.
Clemson will try to get back on track, Tuesday, with a home date against Georgia Southern. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.